Plenty of football fans gave their seal of approval when Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante was named PFA Player of the Year on Sunday night, but others did not share the same sentiment.
The France international was one of the favourites, alongside teammate Eden Hazard, to scoop the gong during the ceremony at the Grosvenor Hotel in London.
Kante received more votes than his fellow contenders Harry Kane, Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Hazard.
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The award is a fitting testament to the impact that Kante has made in just his first season at Chelsea.
The 26-year-old left Premier League winners Leicester City to join the Blues in a reported £32m deal last summer, and now he is six games away from scooping the top-flight crown for a second year running.
Chelsea have a four-point lead over Tottenham Hotspur in the race, and Kante’s performances in the middle of the park have contributed to the club’s surge.
His ability to intercept passes, put in clean tackles and create attacks for his own teammates is why he is so highly regarded, and his tireless work ethic has received plenty of plaudits this season.
For some football fans, though, they believe that other contenders should have taken home the gong.
Even a handful of Chelsea supporters believed that Kante’s teammate Hazard, who won the award in 2015, was more deserving.
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